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View of United First Parish Church from Hancock Cemetery.

Adams Crypt at the United First Parish Church
1306 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA
(617) 773-0062

Known as the “Church of the Presidents,” this historic church was built from Quincy granite in 1828 with funds provided by John Adams. Tours of the church include a visit to the Adams Family crypt; the final resting place of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Catherine Adams respectively. Visitors also have the opportunity to view the Adams family memorial tablets, the baptismal record of President John Adams or sit in the pew of President John Quincy Adams. Tours are offered daily between April 19th and November 10th on a walk up basis. Fees apply.


Adams Academy /Quincy Historical Society
8 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
(617) 773-1144

John Adams deeded 211 acres of land to the town of Quincy to be used to build a classical school when income from the property had been realized. When the Adams Academy opened in 1871, it was known as one of the nation's finest preparatory schools for young men. The school closed on April 22, 1907. In 1893, Charles Francis Adams Jr., John Adams' great-grandson, was instrumental in establishing the Quincy Historical Society ,headquartered in the Academy since 1972. The museum showcases Quincy's history, from Native American times through the early 21st century. The archives are a plentiful resource for information on area history. The museum collection includes books, phamplets, manuscrips, images, maps, and audio and moving-image recordings; spanning Quincy's rich history; with particular interest in Adams family ephemera, Quincy's granite and shipbuilding industry, and genealogy. The museum and gift shop are open to the public. Admission is by donation. Please contact for hours of operation.
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Dorothy Quincy Homestead

The Dorothy Quincy Homestead, A National Historic Landmark, dates to 1686. During the 17th and 18th centuries, this mansion was considered the grandest estate in Quincy. During the pre-revolutionary War era, it was a meeting place for such patriots as Josiah Quincy, John Hancock, and John Adams. It was the childhood home of Dorothy Quincy Hancock, the wife of John Hancock. Today, the Homestead is operated by the Colonial Dames of Massachusetts in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Public Tours for 2015 will be offered on the following Saturdays between 12:00PM and 4:00PM: June 6, June 20; July 18, August 1, August 15, September 12, and October 3. Groups may request a private tour on a date of their choice by phoning (617)742-3190 or by emailing,

Abigail Adams Birthplace

The Abigail Adams Birthplace
180 Norton Street
North Weymouth, MA 02191
(781) 335-420

The Abigail Adams Historical Society maintains Abigail’s birthplace in tribute to this most distinguished American Woman. The Birthplace, located in Weymouth, Massachusetts, depicts early colonial life. The Society opens the birthplace to the public for tours each summer. Much work and restoration have gone into the preservation of this historic house so that it may be preserved and maintained as a memorial to Weymouth’s most distinguished daughter, Abigail Smith Adams. Located in Weymouth, Massachusetts at the intersection of North and Norton Streets. A small admission fee is charged.

2015 Hours
March 21st, 1PM-4PM
April 19th, 1PM-4PM
May 17th, 1PM-4PM


Abigail Adams Cairn
(Self Guided Experience)
340 Franklin Street
Quincy, MA 02169

On June 17, 1775, Abigail Adams and her seven year old son John Quincy walked the short distance from their farm to the top of Penn’s Hill, where they observed the smoke and fire of the Battle of Bunker Hill. The cairn, an ancient form of commemoration, was erected by the Daughters of the Revolution in 1896. The cairn’s stones came from private properties and historic sites. During historic preservation work in 2008, a time capsule was discovered. Open dawn to dusk. Please respect that the cairn is situated in a residential neighborhood.

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